In Part 1, I talked about the first two must-have items for baby: properly fitted breast shields and the Infantino Grow-with-me Activity Gym and Ball Pit. If you missed the post, make sure you check it out!
In this Part 2 post, I would like to talk about carriers. Beanie gets very fussy sometimes, and when he does, he wants to be carried. When I first got pregnant, I wasn’t too keen on the thought of carrying him all the time. But I came across this article that totally changed my view. It was about a mom who vowed to sooth her daughter to the best of her ability because of a missionary’s story. To summarize the story, this missionary visited an orphanage in Uganda, and found it strange that none of the babies were crying. When he inquired about it, the host told him the babies learned that no one would come for them even when they cry, so they stop crying altogether. It was a heart breaking moment for me when I first read it. I don’t want my kid to think that he is all alone and can’t turn to anybody for help. So I also try my best to attend to him whenever I can. He gets clingy sometimes, and it is difficult to hold him in my arms all the time. I read that there are many benefits to babywearing, so I did some research on baby carriers. In this post, I would like to share the two carriers that I use and are in love with.
Special (And Very Useful) Items For Baby: Part 2 – Lillebaby Carriers
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I have both a structured and a soft carrier. Both of them are by Lillebaby. The first carrier I recommend is the Lillebaby Complete All Seasons carrier. I picked the Tokidoki Rebel version and received it as a gift. I personally LOVE this carrier, especially on Anthony. I am not joking. Anthony uses this carrier to wear Beanie around. See how great Anthony looks wearing this!
There are many reasons why I love this carrier. First of all, I love the pattern! I adore Tokidoki. There is a lumbar support which doesn’t give you back pain. The shoulder straps are well padded. The back panel (in the front) can be zipped down to allow for air circulation during hot weather. There is a nice neck support, and a sun shade. The carrier can be converted to carry your child in 6 different positions. No infant insert is required, and you can carry your baby between the weight of 7 lbs to 45 lbs. There is a little zipper pocket for you to put small things like key, money or card. One tiny detail that I love a lot is there are these small elastic bands attached to the end of the straps. So after you make the adjustments, you can roll and wrap the extra straps with these little elastic bands. Last but not least, this carrier is evaluated by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute, and is considered to be hip healthy for all babies. It means that the seat keeps the baby’s hips and legs in a comfortable “M” position, and promotes proper hip development at all ages. This is by far one of the most important reasons why I chose this carrier.
There are a few cons to this carrier. First of all, this carrier takes up a lot of space due to the heavy padded straps and rigid waist band. So this carrier is fairly difficult to store/carry around when not in use. Second, I personally cannot use this carrier because I have a petite frame. Even when I adjust everything to the tightest setting, it’s still too big on me. Also, if both Anthony and I use the same carrier, then we’ll have to keep readjusting the strap settings, which can be a bit annoying. Lastly, when Beanie was younger, even when he was over 7 lbs, the carrier felt a bit too big for his frame. On the instructional video, they put a rolled up towel on the bottom to prop up the baby. But we still found it too roomy for his small frame. When we put him in, it felt like there wasn’t a lot of support, and he would end up sliding to the bottom of the carrier with his body slouched over. We didn’t use it too often when he was younger, and when we used it, we constantly kept an eye on his body position. Now that he’s bigger, we have no problem using it. Other than these few cons, we don’t have other negatives things to complain about.
Before I talk about my next carrier, I want to side track a little bit. I actually debated long and hard whether or not to get another carrier for myself. As I said before, I can’t use the All Seasons carrier because it’s too big for me. And when Beanie gets fussy, he wants to be carried all the time. A few weeks after he’s born, he gained weight fairly rapidly and my wrists started hurting a lot. I looked into many babywraps. When I went to the babyshow, I tried out the Human + Mother’s wrap. They made theirs with 100% Lenzing Modal, which is a very soft fabric. But I find it a bit too pricey. My friend recommended the Baby K’tan. It’s supposed to be very easy to put on, but it’s size specific. I was going through reviews, and a girl with a petite frame (5’4 height) said she found the small size Baby K’tan too big on her. I’m even smaller than her, so I was worried that the carrier would be too big on me. If that’s the case, then I would not be able to tighten it. So I started looking around some more, and ended up getting the Lillebaby Tie The Knot baby wrap in teal.
The teal colour is super gorgeous, and the fabric is so soft! Plus there is an elastic band on each end to tie up extra material, so if you have to put on the wrap outside, this can keep the extra material from touching the ground. I love this wrap, it’s so easy to put on! The only complaint I have is the wrap is way too long for me. Especially because I have a petite frame, there is a lot of extra material left over. In terms of learning how to put this on, it took me a few tries to learn how to get the tension right. There is a bit of a learning curve, but there are a lot of excellent instruction videos online. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to put together. It does take a bit of time to put the carrier on (compare to Baby K’tan), BUT the carrier is definitely worth it!
We have gotten great uses out of these two carriers within the first three months. So I consider them to be excellent investments! What about you? Do you have a carrier that you really like? Why do you like them? Share them with me in the comments down below! Also, don’t miss out on Part 3 of the special items for baby!